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Saving under rank-dependent utility

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  • Han Bleichrodt

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  • Louis Eeckhoudt

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In this note we use the rank-dependent utility (RDU) model to analyze saving decisions. The RDU model enables us to separate the effects of pessimism and optimism on saving from that of concavity of the utility function. While pessimism induces more saving, the importance of this effect is shown to depend upon properties of the utility function such as prudence and temperance. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005

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  • Han Bleichrodt & Louis Eeckhoudt, 2005. "Saving under rank-dependent utility," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 25(2), pages 505-511, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:25:y:2005:i:2:p:505-511 DOI: 10.1007/s00199-003-0455-3
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